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Michigan nightlife varies depending on age and membership in social organizations. Students attend a mix of frat parties, house parties, and bars. Most Ann Arbor bars are reserved for upperclassmen and grad students, as they tend to be 21 and up. Members of the Greek community can be found at frat parties, which, depending on the night, are sometimes open to the rest of the student body. House parties are popular among non-Greek students, as many students seek off-campus housing following their freshman year.
Students rave about Michigan's nightlife, saying that no matter who you are, you can always find something to do on the weekends. Your best bet is to attend an open frat party, as they are the best way to socialize, and meet new people—plus, drinks and entertainment are free. The state's new medical amnesty policy helps create a safe atmosphere in the case of underage drinking, but students should always remember to party responsibly.
Facts & Statistics
Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown Ann Arbor
Other Places to Check Out
- Alley Bar
- Aut Bar
- Babs' Underground Lounge
- Bar Louie
- The Blue Leprechaun
- Brown Jug
- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
- Good Time Charley's
Favorite Drinking Games
- Beer pong
- Century Club
- Flip cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Fraternities hold parties all of the time; these are probably one of the most popular nightlife options for students of all ages.
Club ListingsWhat's This?
This is an 18-and-up dance club known for themed nights.
Bar ListingsWhat's This?
Across the street from the Law Quad sits Dominick's, lauded as one of the favorite bars in town. Only open from March until October, the outdoor patio/garden in the back and the large outdoor porch in front are packed when the weather is nice. Known for its sangria, great microbrews, and good food, Dominick's is a hit. On a beautiful spring day, expect the place to be packed with students enjoying every second of sunshine they can. It's truly a unique place that is always a great time. Go early because it closes at 10 p.m.
812 Monroe St.
Scorekeepers Sportsgrill & Pub
Close to Michigan Theater, Scorekeepers is hopping on Thursdays, but the best drink specials are on the weekends when you can get either $2 well drinks or $2 bottles of beer. This place generally features good dancing and a good time.
310 Maynard St.
Steps from the Diag, Ashley's is a great spot to grab a beer and some great bar food. It's very chill and usually full of grad students.
This 18-and-up burrito bar has a small adjacent dance floor.
Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub
Located on Main Street, four blocks from campus, Conor O'Neill's is a great Irish pub. Go there for great beer from around the world, but don't expect it to be cheap.
What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?
Go to house parties, drive to Windsor, Ontario, or you can usually get into the Necto—just be prepared to have a big stamp put on your hand by an even bigger bouncer.